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  1. big bucks Congress Ready to Spend $1.1T Charles Dharapak/AP

    1. Congress Ready to Spend $1.1T

    A team of negotiators from the House and Senate announced Monday night a $1.1 trillion spending bill that will flesh out the agreed-upon December budget. President Obama's request for significant new pre-kindergarten education funding was filled, but the budget for the Affordable Care Act remained at a reduced level. The bill includes a large increase for the FDA, and for migration and refugee assistance. The House will take on the bill on Saturday.

    January 13, 2014 8:16 PM

  2. DEMOCRACY? Egyptians Hit the Voting Booth Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters

    2. Egyptians Hit the Voting Booth

    On the third anniversary of the start of the Arab Spring, voters in Egypt are heading to the polls for a two-day referendum on a revised constitution. Some conservative Muslim groups, including the ousted Muslim Brotherhood (now deemed a terrorist organization), have called for a boycott in hopes that low turnout will strike a political blow to General Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi and the ruling military. While thousands of soldiers and police officers have been positioned to protect voters, an explosion took place near a courthouse before voting started. The proposed constitution is not radically different from that approved under ousted President Mohammed Morsi. However, the document provides for increased religious freedom, women’s rights, and authority for the military, judiciary, and police.

    Dive into Egypt's voting booths with this photo of democracy sort-of at work.

    January 14, 2014 7:23 AM

  3. MOVING ON FBI: IRS Officials Broke No Laws Joe Raedle/Getty

    3. FBI: IRS Officials Broke No Laws

    While prosecutors in the Justice Department have not made a final decision about whether to file charges, the FBI said Monday that IRS officials did not commit a crime by inspecting the tax-exempt status of conservative groups. When the IRS originally disclosed that its officials had searched applications for groups with the words “Tea Party” and “Patriots” in their names, an uproar ensued and members of Congress pressed the Justice Department to investigate. However, it turns out that the agency also applied the same scrutiny to liberal groups' applications by searching for “Progressive” and “Occupy.”

    January 14, 2014 7:19 AM

  4. Priceless $330M Offered to Save Detroit Art Andrew Burton/Getty

    4. $330M Offered to Save Detroit Art

    A dozen private charitable foundations pledged more than $330 million on Monday to save Detroit's art collection and help pensioners facing steep cuts thanks to bankruptcy proceedings.The Detroit Institute of Art's collection—including works by Rembrandt, Rodin, Cezanne, and Matisse—was recently appraised by Christie's ahead of a possible sale to creditors. Some of the foundation's money is intended to go to city retirees. Though the purse will barely make a dent in the $3.5 billion they're owed in pension claims.

    January 13, 2014 11:31 AM

  5. are you kidding? Man Killed for Texting in Theater Branson Sparks / iStock

    5. Man Killed for Texting in Theater

    This is insane even for you, Florida. A retired police officer reportedly shot and killed a man for texting during a matinee of Lone Survivor in Tampa Bay on Monday. Police say the movie hadn't even begun when Chad Oulson was texting his 3-year-old daughter, and got into an altercation with Curtis Reeves. The 71-year-old former captain pulled out a pistol, shooting Oulson in the chest and his wife, Nicole, in the hand. He was arrested and is being charged with second-degree murder.

    January 13, 2014 8:37 PM

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  7. A Step Back Nigeria Passes Harsh Anti-Gay Law Spencer Platt/Getty

    6. Nigeria Passes Harsh Anti-Gay Law

    Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan signed a new anti-gay bill into law Monday, strengthening the country’s crackdown against homosexuals. The new legislation criminalizes same-sex “amorous relationships” and membership in gay-rights groups. People who “enter into a same-sex marriage or civil unions” are liable to be punished by as much as 14 years in jail. While sub-Saharan Africa tends to hold strongly anti-gay attitudes, the West's threats to cut aid have curtailed anti-gay legislation in Uganda and Malawi. However, Nigeria’s $2-million-barrel-per-day-oil output had made the country immune to such external pressure.

    January 13, 2014 12:33 PM

  8. MOVING ON SCOTUS Rejects Abortion Appeal Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

    7. SCOTUS Rejects Abortion Appeal

    In a blow to anti-abortion activists, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from Arizona asking to reinstate a state law that banned most abortions after 20 weeks. As is the custom, there was no reason offered by the justices. The law was enacted in 2012 and prohibited abortions except in medical emergencies, which were narrowly defined. About a dozen other states have laws that ban most abortions after 20 weeks.

    January 13, 2014 11:37 AM

  9. NO LOVE Mississippi to End Conjugal Visits Rogelio V. Solis/AP

    8. Mississippi to End Conjugal Visits

    After over a century, Mississippi, the first state to offer conjugal visits to prisoners, will be ending the program starting Feb. 1. Prison commissioner Christopher B. Epps said the state would no longer offer the visits due to budgetary concerns and “the number of babies being born as a result.” State Representative Richard Bennett (R) said, “I don’t think it’s fair to the children conceived and to the taxpayers. You are in prison for a reason, and conjugal visits should not be part of that deal.” Mississippi has 22,000 prisoners, the second highest rate of incarceration in the country, and 155 participated in conjugal visits last year.

    January 13, 2014 2:01 PM

  10. Only A Matter of Time Octomom Faces Fraud Charges Damian Dovarganes/AP

    9. Octomom Faces Fraud Charges

    After a foray into pornography and a stint in rehab Octomom Nadya Suleman’s next stop may be jail. Los Angeles County prosecutors charged Suleman with welfare fraud for failing to report nearly $30,000 in income while still applying for public assistance. She faces one count of perjury and two counts of perjury by false application. If convicted, she could serve up to five years and eight months in custody. In addition to her octuplets, Suleman has six other children.

    January 13, 2014 3:39 PM

  11. Good Night, Good Luck ‘Newsroom’ Signs Off This Year HBO

    10. ‘Newsroom’ Signs Off This Year

    Ready for your signoff, Will McAvoy? On Monday, HBO announced that Aaron Sorkin's Newsroom third season airing this fall will be its last. HBO's programming president called Newsroom "classic Aaron Sorkinsmart, riveting and thought-provoking. I'm sure this farewell season will be one to remember," he said. Sorkin recently finished a script for a Steve Jobs biopic.

    January 13, 2014 5:16 PM

  12. BAD TIMING Feds After Christie on Sandy Funds Spencer Platt/Getty

    11. Feds After Christie on Sandy Funds

    Republican Governor Chris Christie, who is already mired in investigations into his staff causing traffic jams to punish a Democratic mayor, is now reportedly being investigated by federal officials for his use of Superstorm Sandy relief funds to produce tourism ads starring him and his family. The federal auditors are looking into the use of $25 million in funds used to produce the marketing campaign featuring Christie. There are also questions regarding the bidding process, as the winning bid which featured the Christie family cost $2 million more than the losing bid which did not have the governor in the ads

    January 13, 2014 9:05 AM

  13. Some Excuse NSA Program Stopped Diddly-Squat Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

    12. NSA Program Stopped Diddly-Squat

    The National Security Agency’s collection of phone records has had “no discernible impact on preventing acts of terrorism.” That's according to a study released Monday by the New America Foundation, which analyzed 225 terrorism cases in the U.S. since the 9/11 attacks. The study backs up the findings last month by the White House-appointed review group, which also said the NSA program was “not essential.” Instead, the New America Foundation study says that in most cases, traditional law enforcement and investigative methods were the most effective.

    January 13, 2014 6:50 AM


    13. Kalashnikov Felt Blame for Deaths

    Mikhail Kalashnikov, the famed designer of the AK-47 who died last month at 94, reportedly wrote a letter to the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church before he died saying his "spiritual pain is unbearable" and wondering whether he "was to blame for their deaths?" The AK-47 has sold an estimated 100 million rifles, largely due to its simplicity and reliability, and has had a role in countless bloody conflicts. Perhaps even more shocking however was the church's response, saying that, "The Church has a very definite position: when weapons serve to protect the Fatherland, the Church supports both its creators and the soldiers who use it." For decades, Kalashnikov refused to accept any responsibility for the carnage wrought by his weapon.

    January 13, 2014 12:15 PM

  15. closing in Arrests Pending in McCann Case London Metropolitan Police/AP

    14. Arrests Pending in McCann Case

    There may finally be some answers. British police are on the verge of arresting three men believed to be involved in the 2007 disappearance of Madeleine McCann during her family’s vacation in Portugal. The three suspects are known to have been stealing from holiday villas in the weeks just prior McCann’s disappearance. The breakthrough comes after Scotland Yard reviewed the original Portuguese investigation, revealing the country’s police had failed to follow up on nearly 200 leads. British authorities want to know why the three men made an unusually high number of phone calls to each other in the days after McCann went missing.

    January 13, 2014 2:58 PM

  16. unhealthy appetite Cannibal Ate Man for ‘Revenge’ Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty

    15. Cannibal Ate Man for ‘Revenge’

    So much for revenge being served cold. Ouandja Magliore, the self-proclaimed "Mad Dog" of the Central African Republic, said he ate another man’s flesh as “revenge” after Muslims killed his pregnant wife, sister-in law, and her baby. Magliore and a mob of 20 other Christian youths made news when they recently dragged a Muslim man out of a bus, beat, stabbed him, and then set him on fire. Footage shows Magliore eating the man’s leg. Sectarian violence in the republic has exploded since rebels installed the country’s first Muslim leader, Michel Djotodia, in March 2013. Djotodia resigned on Friday due to the violence.

    January 13, 2014 6:28 AM

  17. OMG ‘Game of Thrones’ Trailer Released Helen Sloan

    16. ‘Game of Thrones’ Trailer Released

    Get ready to rumble! HBO has released the trailer for Season 4 of Game of Thrones and the next season looks as action-packed as one through three. Fans get a glimpse of all their favorite characters, from Jon Snow and Khaleesi to Lord Tywin and Cersei Lannister. Never one for understatement, the trailer ends with a line from Tyrion Lannister, declaring, “If you want justice, you’ve come to the wrong place.”

    January 13, 2014 6:37 AM

  18. GETTING PHYSICAL Bosch: I Personally Injected A-Rod Mike Stobe/Getty

    17. Bosch: I Personally Injected A-Rod

    The founder of the Florida clinic Biogenesis, Anthony Bosch, told 60 Minutes on Sunday night that he was the one who injected baseball star Alex Rodriguez with performance-enhancing drugs. The interview came just one day after an arbitrator upheld Rodriguez’s drug-related suspension—shortened to 162 games plus playoffs—the longest in baseball history. Bosch told 60 Minutes he had to inject Rodriguez himself as the athlete was “scared of needles.” The list of drugs Bosch said Rodriguez paid $12,000 a month to use included testosterone, insulin growth factor one, human growth hormone, and peptides.

    January 13, 2014 6:17 AM

  19. DOMINATION Explosive Open for ‘Lone Survivor’ Gregory E. Peters

    18. Explosive Open for ‘Lone Survivor’

    Lone Survivor, the blockbuster starring Mark Wahlberg and based on Marcus Luttrell’s memoir as a Navy SEAL in Afghanistan, beat the competition in its opening weekend with $38.5 million in North America. Disney’s Frozen continued to do well, in its eighth week it came in second with $15.1 million. The big stink emanating the weekend’s numbers is for The Legend of Hercules, which earned only $8.6 million in its opening weekend on a $70 million budget.

    Go behind the story of 'Lone Survivor' with Reel Numbers.

    January 13, 2014 6:32 AM

  20. UNRELIABLE SOURCE Gold Frenzy Caused by Man's Dream AFP/Getty

    19. Gold Frenzy Caused by Man's Dream

    Shobhan Sarkar, a holy man in northern India, dreamed that a long-dead king appeared to him and said that 1,000 tons of gold were buried beneath his old fort. His subsequent letters to the government went largely ignored, except by the food and agriculture minister, who ordered the Geological Survey of India to investigate. And they reported there might be gold. The king’s impoverished descendants made their claim, locals wanted it spent on development, and members of the king’s caste said it belonged to them. Only one problem: After a month of digging, no gold was found and it now appears that a member of the survey had tampered with the report and that the site was never likely to have contained gold.

    January 13, 2014 6:24 AM

  21. Oh, Mama First Womb Transplants a Success Johan Wingborg/University of Goteborg/AP

    20. First Womb Transplants a Success

    Modern science is amazing. In Sweden, nine women have become the first to successfully receive transplanted wombs and will now try to become pregnant. The women were either born without a uterus or had it removed due to cervical cancer. Many of the women have already had their menstrual period, an early sign of a healthy uterus. 

    January 13, 2014 6:29 AM

  22. WHOOPS! Southwest Lands at Wrong Airport Matt York/AP

    21. Southwest Lands at Wrong Airport

    Close your eyes, pteromerhanophobic readers! A Southwest Airlines flight that was supposed to land at Branson Airport in Missouri landed at a different airport seven miles away with only half as much runway. FAA officials are investigating the incident, and the airline has not issued a reason as to why the plane went to the wrong airport. "The landing was really abrupt and the pilot applied the brakes really strongly," said Scott Schieffer, a passenger on the flight.

    January 13, 2014 6:22 AM

  23. Family Feud Ronan Farrow Skewers Woody Allen Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

    22. Ronan Farrow Skewers Woody Allen

    In the Farrow household, subtlety is apparently overrated. While Woody Allen received the Cecile B. DeMille lifetime achievement award last night at the Golden Globes, Mia and Ronan Farrow took Twitter to remind the world of Allen’s unsavory past. Though Allen was not in attendance to accept the award, as the presentation began, a clearly unimpressed Mia Farrow tweeted “Time to grab some ice scream & switch over to #GIRLS.” Showing the kind of humor that suggests Allen is, indeed, his father, Ronan Farrow tweeted “Missed the Woody Allen tribute-did they put the part where a woman publicly confirmed he molested her at age 7 before or after Annie Hall?”

    January 13, 2014 11:38 AM

  24. Unstoppable Peyton Manning Zaps Chargers Ezra Shaw/Getty

    23. Peyton Manning Zaps Chargers

    Peyton Manning will face Tom Brady next weekend in the quarterback battle of the year after the Denver Broncos beat the San Diego Chargers 24-17 Sunday. The winner will be AFC champion and advance to the Super Bowl. San Francisco beat Carolina 23-10 on Sunday to advance to the NFC championship game against Seattle next weekend.

    January 12, 2014 7:50 PM

  25. WHERE WERE THEY? WV Chem Site Unmonitored Since '91 Michael Switzer DesignWorks/Getty

    24. WV Chem Site Unmonitored Since '91

    The chemical facility in West Virginia that poisoned drinking water for 300,000 people had not been visited by environmental inspectors since 1991, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday night. The facility owned by Freedom Industries spilled 7,500 gallons of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol through a one-inch hole in a tank last week. The feds don't inspect most above-ground chemical storage units, and West Virginia had not yet forced Freedom Industries to implement a groundwater protection plan. Too late now.

    January 12, 2014 9:02 PM


    25. '16 & Pregnant' Stops Teen Births

    Win one for the millennials. The much-derided MTV show 16 and Pregnant turns out to be providing a major public service—according to a new report it scares teens and in 2010 prevented 20,000 births to teenage mothers. The study, by the National Bureau of Economic Research, says the popular show reduced the teenage birthrate by almost six percent. The show follows a teen through the pregnancy, birth, and first weeks of parenthood, while its spinoff Teen Mom follows up with those mothers and children years later.

    January 13, 2014 8:14 AM

  27. CA-CHING World to Pay Iran $550 Million Majid Asgaripour/AP

    26. World to Pay Iran $550 Million

    Diplomacy pays off. Iran will receive $550 miillion at the start of February when world powers free part of Tehran's blocked $4.2 billion. The money is part of a temporary agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program and goes into effect Jan. 20. Iran also gets temporary relief from sanctions. The deal says Iran will stop enriching uranium beyond 5 percent, dilute or convert its current stockpile, and cease installing new centrifuges.

    January 12, 2014 1:47 PM